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Joseph A Zorek, PharmD, BCGP

Assistant Professor (CHS)
Director of Interprofessional Education




Joe Zorek, PharmD, BCGP, joined the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison) School of Pharmacy following completion of a two-year Pharmacotherapy Residency at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he developed a clinical specialty in geriatrics with a research focus on interprofessional practice and education (IPE).  Joe serves as the School of Pharmacy’s Director of IPE, and he co-chairs a school-wide IPE committee.  He is also a founding member of the UW-Madison Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, which launched in 2016. 

Joe coordinates a required first year course called “Pathways in Pharmacy Practice,” designed to orient new students to the profession of pharmacy.  He also co-coordinates a third year elective course devoted to geriatric pharmacotherapy and a teaching certificate program for pharmacy residents.  

Joe’s practice interests include incorporation of pharmacists into interprofessional health teams, leveraging pharmacists to facilitate effective transitions of care, and the implementation of population health initiatives to mitigate medication-related risks in older adults.  He currently practices as a transitions of care pharmacist at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, WI, and serves as the School of Pharmacy’s liaison to the St. Vincent de Paul Charitable Pharmacy, also located in Madison, WI.

Joe’s primary research interests center on IPE, with secondary foci on health outcomes from practice-based innovations and curriculum assessment.  His most productive line of research stems from an analysis of IPE accreditation standards he co-authored in the Journal of Interprofessional Care, which highlighted opportunities to utilize the accreditation process to advance IPE throughout the health professions and drew attention to the need for valid and reliable measurement instruments to satisfy IPE mandates.  Joe presented an update to this accreditation work last year at the National Academy of Medicine's workshop devoted to "The Role of Accreditation in Enhancing Quality and Innovation in Health Professional Education."  He received a grant in 2017 from the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education to advance a consensus accreditation approach to interprofessional education through a collaborative effort between the National Center and the Health Professions Accreditors Collaborative.  

Joe and his collaborators won the 2014 Rufus A. Lyman Award for best paper published in the American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education for their work developing and validating the Student Perceptions of Physician-Pharmacist Interprofessional Clinical Education (SPICE) instrument.  He continues to lead the effort to refine the SPICE family of instruments and broaden their applicability throughout the health professions.  A validation study of SPICE-R, a revised version intended for a broader audience, was recognized in 2017 with a Baldwin Award as one of the best papers published in the Journal of Interprofessional Care.

Joe is an active member of AACP, through which he co-chaired a national taskforce in 2015-2016 dedicated to implementing intentional IPE in experiential education settings.  He serves as Associate Editor for Interprofessional Education for the journal Currents in Pharmacy Teaching & Learning and as Associate Editor for the Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice.  Joe is a charter member of the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative, and he is a member of the American Pharmacists Association, the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists, the International Pharmaceutical Federation, and the Pharmacy Society of Wisconsin.

Highlighted Publications:



Publications 2010-present 


Grice GR, Thomason AR, Meny LM, Pinelli NR, Martello JL, Zorek JA. Intentional interprofessional experiential education. Am J Pharm Educ (In Press).

Ratka A, Zorek JA, Meyer SM. Overview of faculty development programs for interprofessional education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2017;81(5): Article 96.

Lockeman KS, Lanning SK, Dow AW, Zorek JA, DiazGranados D, Ivey CK, Soper S. Outcomes of introducing early learners to interprofessional competencies in a classroom setting. Teach Learn Med. 2017. [Epub ahead of print]

Zorek JA, Janke KK, Harpe SE, Zavod RM. Inviting manuscripts to Interprofessional Education Reports. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2016;8(5):727-728.

Wang JM, Zorek JA. Deliberate practice as a theoretical framework for interprofessional experiential education. Front Pharmacol. 2016;7:188.

Hanus RJ, Lisowe KS, Eickhoff JC, Kieser MA, Statz-Paynter JL, Zorek JA. Evaluation of a pharmacist-led pilot service based on the anticholinergic risk scale. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(5):555-561.

Zorek JA, Fike DS, Eickhoff JC, Engle JA, MacLaughlin EJ, Dominguez DG, Seibert CS. Refinement and validation of the Student Perceptions of Physician-Pharmacist Interprofessional Clinical Education Instrument. Am J Pharm Educ. 2016;80(3): Article 47.

Wang JM, Vardeny O, Zorek JA. High-dose influenza vaccine in older adults. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2016;56(1):95-97.

Zorek JA, Subash M, Fike DS, MacLaughlin AA, Young RB, Samiuddin M, MacLaughlin EJ. Impact of an interprofessional teaching clinic on preventive care services. Fam Med. 2015;47(7):558-561.

Baranowski PJ, Peterson KL, Statz-Paynter JL, Zorek JA. The incidence and cost of medications dispensed despite electronic medical record discontinuation. J Am Pharm Assoc. 2015;55(3):313-319.

Dominguez DG, Fike DS, MacLaughlin EJ, Zorek JA. A comparison of the validity of two instruments assessing health professional student perceptions of interprofessional education and practice. J Interprof Care. 2015;29(2):144-149.

Zorek JA, MacLaughlin EJ, Fike DS, MacLaughlin AA, Samiuddin M, Young RB. Measuring changes in perception using the student perceptions of physician-pharmacist interprofessional clinical education (SPICE) instrument. BMC Med Educ. 2014;14:101

Zorek JA, Blaszczyk AT, Haase MR, Raehl CL. Practice site readiness for interprofessional education (PRIPE): instrument development and pilot study. Curr Pharm Teach Learn. 2014;6(1):32-40.

Fike DS, Zorek JA, MacLaughlin EJ, MacLaughlin AA, Samiuddin M, Young RB. Development and validation of the student perceptions of interprofessional clinical education (SPICE) instrument. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(9): Article 190.

Zorek JA, Lambert BL, Popovich NG. The 4-year evolution of a social and behavioral pharmacy course. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(6): Article 119.

Beardsley RS, Zorek JA, Zellmer WA, Vlasses PH. Results of the pre-conference survey: ACPE invitational conference on advancing quality in pharmacy education. Am J Pharm Educ. 2013;77(3): Article 46.

Khasawneh FA, Moti DF, Zorek JA. Linezolid-induced black hairy tongue: a case report. J Med Case Rep. 2013;7(1):46.

Zorek JA, Raehl CL. Interprofessional education accreditation standards in the USA: a comparative analysis. J Interprof Care. 2013;27(2):123-130.

Zorek JA, Katz NL, Popovich NG. Guest speakers in a professional development seminar series. Am J Pharm Educ. 2011;75(2): Article 28.

Zorek JA, Sprague JE, Popovich NG. Bulimic learning. Am J Pharm Educ. 2010;74(8): Article 157.